Published Jan 11, 2013We've only just started the new year, but there are already plenty of new films hitting theatres. Of course, we at Exclaim! are looking at new releases to see what kind of start film is getting off to. Head over to our Recently Reviewed section to read full reviews, and look below to see this week's movie highlights.
Kicking things off is Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (pictured), a cinematic depiction of the decade-long manhunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. The film features Maya (Jessica Chastain), a CIA operative, and focuses on the mantra "you have the power to save yourself by telling the truth."
Next up we have Gangster Squad, a film loosely based on Paul Lieberman's book of the same name. It follows Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his band of mobsters through post WWII Los Angeles as they face up against an LAPD Sergeant (Josh Brolin) and his team (Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña and Ryan Gosling), who are ready to go outside the law to clean up the criminal element.
A Dark Truth , directed by Damian Lee, features CIA operative turned Toronto radio talk show host Jack Begosian (Andy Garcia) on his journey back to South America. Led by corporate socialite Morgan Swinton (Deborah Kara Unger), Begosian is sent to investigate a typhus outbreak and mass slaughter that her brother and CEO of the family business (Kim Cotes) is trying to cover up.
Continuing along, in Michael Haneke's Amour he gives us a nitty-gritty look at love put to the test between married couple Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), after she has a stroke and can no longer function on her own. Touching and tragic, Amour asks what real love really is.
Lastly, in this week's review roundup, we have director Mads Brügger in his latest undercover expose documentary The Ambassador . The film is set in central Africa, where Brügger tries to buy his way into a diplomatic position so he is able to traffic diamonds, and looks at the presence of colonialism in Africa.
To read full reviews on these films and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.